MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, - JUN 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (750ml). Aged roughly 1 year piror to tasting. Poured an extremely burnt copper with a good sized, dense frothy, lightly tanned head which was mostly lasting. Aroma was of wholegrain bread with floral hops, dried pineapple, lemon citrus, guava, pears, dates, caramel, straw and some cinnamon. Flavor was a tangy hop bitterness with lemon citrus, passionfruit, dry pears, figs, dates, toffee, white pepper, cinnamon, hay and some good woody notes in the finish. Medium bodied with lively carbonation, a dry hoppy mouthfeel, somewhat syrupy texture and a great length finish.
Shark_Pants (477) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 vintage. Amber in colour with large aerated head that dissipates quite quickly. Aroma is fairly indistinct but has notes of caramel, some spices and grains. Not much of the funkiness or mustiness I normally expect in a saison. Taste is much better, with more of the expected funkiness, along with spices (coriander, cardamom??), light honey, sweet malt and finishes nice and dry with just a little tartness. Light bodied but doesn’t detract. Enjoyable.
ShaneJ (756) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Plonk (2013 vintage). Hazy golden, thin, creamy white head, doughy yeast, spicy, straw/hay, pears, citrus peel low bitterness, very dry finish. Very good.
M_Sack (403) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Just a little bit too much alcohol at the end of the palate. 7%. Beautiful beer
Davros (2448) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 18, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours amber with a large, white sudsy head.
Nose shows Belgian doughy yeast and related phenols. Also some sweet light malt and wheat. Quite light.
In the way of flavours sweet plain malt dominates with spicy notes and bready characters showing later. Doughy wheat and soft booze are also present.
Carbonation is a little full.
While not a great representation of the style this is quite enjoyable stuff.
bmeup (585) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - MAR 3, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Hazy gold, tropical fruit, bread and spice.Too fizzy and a bit stinky and sour. Over carbonation ruined palate. Not a fav
davidm (1979) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 1, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 750ml. Great beer. Aromas of bread, honey, straw. Taste is sweet, with bitter notes, and very long length. Palate is sparkling, and medium bodied. Orange, cloudy, with a head that doesn’t last.
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 24, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Another treat bought back by yalnikim. A nice beer, but seemed a little too clean to be a saison to me.
hawthorne00 (2943) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 26, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one is Saison 2009 - I thought about adding it separately but decided against it.
750ml bottle. Attempts to climb out of the bottle when opened. Pours cloudy amber with a large white head. Aroma of yeast, pineapple, pears and hard spices. Light body at the top of the bottle - second half has a little sediment and is more luscious. Taste has some orange sweetness and sourness with peaches and mild clove/ white pepper spiciness. There’s a strange metallic quality too that’s not great. Another pretty good local stab at this style.
Threepwood (107) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 27, 2010
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Poured tan brown, turbid looking more like chocolate milk than beer, this beer really needs plenty of quiet time to settle before you open it. Lots of fruit and some spice & pepper on the nose was promising. Watery pineapple mixed with other fruity flavours, under bittered and a muddle of malts, though quite smooth. I dont know the style well only having had a couple of other Saisons but this one just wasnt to my taste.
mkel07 (4402) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 5, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle. Rocky white head that crackles and snaps sits atop an amber base that is well carbonated. Spiced fruit, pear and peach aromas and very lively in the mouth with a sweet smooth flavour. Peach flavours dominate. A good effort and a nice surprise.